The U.S., China and Japan: Here are five pieces of analysis addressing the interplay between the world’s top three economies:
- In a sign of the shifting U.S. position on Taiwan, Tokyo-based envoys from the two states broke bread last week at Taipei’s de facto embassy in Japan — the first time ambassador-level diplomats have met there since 1979, writes Jesse Johnston.
- How best ensure a crisis over Taiwan doesn’t spiral out of control? The most vital form of preparation is not military at all, argues Michael O’Hanlon; it is to mitigate the developed world’s dependence on stuff made in China.
- In the first of a three-part conversation between executives at the Asia Pacific Initiative, Yoichi Funabashi, Yuichi Hosoya and Ken Jimbo discuss how ties between the U.S., China and Japan have transformed in the years since the first Abe-Obama talks in 2013.
- In part two: Stick to a policy of strategic ambiguity or draw a line in the sand? Japan is at a crossroads as to whether it should follow America’s firmer line on China or prioritise building on Tokyo’s strong economic relationship with Beijing.
- In the final part of the discussion, the API trio identify the range of issues Japan needs to address in a grand national strategy — or risk falling by the wayside while balancing its relations with the U.S. and China.